There’s something unsettling just beneath the surface of Susanna Wallumrød’s music, like bodies submerged in a placid lake. The Norwegian singer-songwriter crafts stark, delicate songs whose serene beauty is pierced by often harrowing emotion. She’ll spin her alluring webs at the International House’s piano on Tuesday night for an Ars Nova Workshop-presented show also featuring solo performances by guitarist Chris Forsyth and Buchla synth master Charles Cohen.
Susanna has garnered notice for her striking covers, which take on originals as diverse as Dolly Parton’s “Jolene,” Joy Division’s “Love Will Tear Us Apart,” and KISS’ “Crazy Crazy Nights” (of all things), stripping each down to bare bones and raw sensation. But on her latest, Wild Dog, she weaves the same chiaroscuro atmosphere from a set of her own taut, aching originals. Her set, for which she’ll be accompanied by Deathprod/Supersilent guitarist Helge Sten and her brother, drummer Fredrik Wallumrød, will likely blend both, but will certainly be a hypnotic evening. Tickets and more information on the show can be found here.International House, Susanna